On Tuesday 09.05.2017 President Trump announced that his administration would end the DACA program enacted under the former president Mr. Obama’s administration. The administration also stated that the program was unconstitutional and wants the congress to address the issue by March 2018. The president and his advisors said that program had no chance to stand legal challenge and hence was required to be terminated.
The administration informed that the applicants who have received and possess valid work permits would not be impacted for 6 months during which the congress would work to resolve the issue.
It should be noted that the department of Homeland Security will not accept any new applications for DACA other than those submitted before Tuesday i.e. 09.05.2017.
Immigrants enrolled in the program will be permitted to continue until their two-year work permits expire. And those whose permits expire through March 5, 2018, are allowed to seek renewals provided they do so by Oct. 5.
DACA was a program enacted by former President Mr. Barack Obama in the year 2012 that allowed undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children to be given protection from deportation. The program allowed such immigrants to continue to stay in the country and receive work permits.
DACA is a two-year work permit limited to unlawful immigrant children brought to the US, younger than age 16, who are attending school or have graduated, who have continuously resided in the US since 2007, who aren’t criminals and who fulfill certain other requirements.
It is reported that 10 state officials had submitted a letter to U.S Attorney General to rescind the DACA program. The state officials mentioned that if by September 5, 2017 the Executive Branch fails to announce the end of the program, they would challenge the program in court. Hence President Trump and administration were forced to announce the decision before Tuesday i.e. September 5, 2017 relating to the DACA program.
Reports suggest that around 800,000 people are currently enrolled in the DACA program. The reports further state that 91% of these are employed in various jobs. The end of the program means that all these 800,000 immigrants would lose their work permits and status if a favorable legislation is not passed by the congress.
91% means nearly 700,000 are employed and if they lose their work permits there will be a need to replace these workers. This would be a huge replacement cost for the economy. Reports have mentioned that it would cost as much as $3.5 billion to replace such workers. Another report from recent polls demonstrate that 80% of the registered voters and a whopping 72% republicans believe that DACA program should stay and all such recipients should be allowed to earn US citizenship.
The Trump administration has not revealed any further details with regards to what kind of legislation the congress is expected to pass. Emandi Law firm is closely monitoring the details and will update as and when additional information is made available by the agency.
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